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Youngblood Winter 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 01, 2018)

My latest newsletter has information about new state laws, state programs that may be of help to you and more. Read more

 

Youngblood lauds Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on drilling

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., applauded today’s 2018-19 state budget proposal unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf because of its continued commitment to education while expanding jobs and skills training and the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. “Once again, the governor’s budget is putting people first. His proposal is seeking $120 million more for school districts in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth, as well as higher investment for pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs and state universities, and career and technical education. “In addition to that commitment, Gov. Wolf is seeking to launch PASmart, which would provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians to get the skills they would need to obtain good, family-sustaining jobs,” Youngblood said. “I am also a proponent of the governor’s repeated stance on a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. This commonsense tax would help meet Pennsylvania’s needs such as education and balancing our budget. It is long overdue for the drilling industry to pay its fair share of doing business in the commonwealth. “As the House Democratic Caucus Secretary, I’m pleased to see the governor’s budget falls directly in line with our own House Democratic agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania , which focuses on quality schools, good jobs and fairer taxes,” she said. Read more

 

Youngblood encourages Philadelphians to apply for DCNR recreation, conservation grants

(Feb 05, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., is urging local conservation groups and other interested parties to take advantage of the recreation and conservation grants offered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR will accept applications through April 11. “There is much that can be done to expand the ways in which we utilize our space, and also to further protect the natural beauty of our landscape. This is an opportunity that can benefit a number of different organizations in our community. I strongly encourage Philadelphians to apply for these grants,” Youngblood said. DCNR made a list of specific priorities it would like grants to focus on that includes: community parks and recreation; land conservation; watershed protection and restoration; rivers implementation; and trails. For more information, potential applicants can visit www.dcnr.pa.gov . Read more

 

Youngblood announces nominations being accepted for PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards

(Feb 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that nominations are now being accepted to honor people in the commonwealth who have done something special to protect children. The PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards recognize people who have been instrumental in protecting children, with the goal of heightening awareness of the role each Pennsylvanian plays in safeguarding children from abuse and neglect. Youngblood said the awards are presented by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance in April, which is designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month under a House resolution for which she voted. “A state report shows there were more than 44,000 reports of child abuse in Pennsylvania in 2016, with over 5,000 in Philadelphia County alone. These statistics are both heartbreaking and a wake-up call,” Youngblood said. “Whether it’s a neighbor, friend, family member or stranger, we all must work together and do what we can to protect our children from this unnecessary and horrific crime.” Youngblood said in addition to honoring two child welfare professionals and two everyday citizens, the PFSA will honor someone in the media who has demonstrated a commitment to covering child abuse and protection-related issues in Pennsylvania in 2017. The deadline to nominate someone is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the state Capitol on April 4. To nominate someone Read more

 

Youngblood announces House scholarship availability, deadline March 1

(Jan 23, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., is reminding graduating high school seniors and their families about the availability of the 2018 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. The four-year scholarship is awarded to two students preparing to enter post-secondary education. Each award is approximately the value of one semester of tuition at a state-related university. The award for the 2017-18 school year was $4,500. “This is a great opportunity for students and their families needing assistance to pay for post-secondary education,” Youngblood said. “I encourage students to apply and to do so as soon as possible.” The application deadline is March 1, and applicants must be Pennsylvania high school residents who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, plan to attend a state college, university or career school as a full-time student, and demonstrate leadership and community service. An essay also is required. This year's subject is voting and how to attract more people to register and vote. Youngblood said the House Scholarship is funded by private donations, including those from former and current House members, as well as proceeds from special events. No tax money is used, nor is it affiliated with any political party, and is independently administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a nonprofit organization that oversees the selection process. More information and Read more

 

Youngblood demands House Republicans put Pennsylvanians over profits

(Oct 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., House Democratic Caucus secretary, released the following statement demanding House Republicans to pass a state budget that puts Pennsylvanians over special interest groups: “The House had a chance to end the budget stalemate and offer a new way forward for our citizens. Instead, the Republican members of the House stood with special interests and bailed on working families. They would rather bend to corporate interests than stand up for fair taxes. It’s simply unconscionable. “With 121 members in the House, Republicans control 60 percent of the chamber, yet they expect Democrats to own 100 percent of the bad policies they offered, yet themselves, could not vote for. These political games are evident, and we have had enough. House Democrats have a plan for Pennsylvania – a new way forward that puts people first. And that starts with having a fair tax system for all Pennsylvanians. House Republicans only want to protect special interests, and that’s unfortunate.” ### Read more

 

Youngblood Launches Diaper Need Awareness Week

(Sep 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood kicked off the 4th Annual Diaper Drive as part of Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Youngblood was joined by House colleagues and advocates from diaper banks across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Joint effort by House and Senate to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 26, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – Kicking off “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, and continuing to promote a plan for Pennsylvania that puts people first, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, along with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, announced today their efforts to advocate and raise awareness about the growing “diaper gap” among many families living in communities across the state. Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Hill-Evans and Youngblood ( H.R. 506 ) dedicating the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 as “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. Youngblood said the basic, yet essential, necessity of having a reliable stream of clean diapers for babies, and incontinence products for adults, is often overlooked by many lawmakers and government officials. “We need to focus on a clear plan for Pennsylvania – one that puts people first and establishes a new way forward for our state,” Youngblood said. “Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults, but, unfortunately, across our commonwealth, and across this country, there is a growing epidemic as many working families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. The long-term Read more

 

General Assembly members look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa. with ‘Diaper Need Awareness Week’ and donation drive

(Sep 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, along with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, have partnered together for the Fourth Annual Diaper Need Awareness Week Capitol Diaper Drive, a two-week event held in the East Wing Rotunda of the state Capitol building. Members of the General Assembly, flanked by advocates and nonprofit organizations working to reduce the diaper gap in Pennsylvania, will host a news conference at noon Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the East Wing Rotunda , recognizing “Diaper Need Awareness Week” and promoting the Fourth Annual Capitol Diaper Drive. Donations of unopened diapers, wipes and other products, including incontinent products and disposable adult undergarments, for the diaper drive will be collected in the East Wing Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day for two weeks, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6 . The diaper drive is being held in conjunction with Hill-Evans’ and Youngblood’s H.R. 506 , a resolution recognizing “Diaper Need Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, which is scheduled for a House vote on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Last year, more than 5,000 diapers were collected during this bipartisan event to raise awareness of Pennsylvania’s growing diaper need. Labeled donation bins will also be placed in locations around the Capitol. For more information, contact Youngblood's office at 717-772-9920, or Blake’s office at Read more

 

Youngblood: GOP Budget Does Not Put People First

(Sep 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood spoke against a GOP budget proposal that raids state agencies including transportation and small business programs to balance the state budget without asking big oil and gas companies pay their fair share in taxes. Read more

 

Youngblood: Books to Barbers Campaign Begins

(Aug 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood dropped off books at local barbershops to begin her annual Books to Barbers campaign in an effort to increase childhood literacy in Philadelphia. Read more

 

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell

(Aug 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, released the following statement regarding the passing of former state Rep. Thomas W. Blackwell: Harris said, “The City of Philadelphia, and our Commonwealth, has lost a giant. Representative Blackwell dedicated his life to public service and fought to improve the lives of countless Philadelphians. He will be deeply missed. I am certain his legacy will live on and guide the next generation of public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., the House Democratic Caucus secretary, said, “It was an honor to serve with Tommy in the legislature. I have known him and his family for very long time, and he was always a man of integrity and compassion. He had a true vision and was a steward of his community throughout his life. We’re going to miss him and I will keep his family in my prayers.” State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, the Philadelphia County Delegation secretary, said, “Representative Blackwell was a steward of wisdom, guidance and direction. He was the perfect model of how to put the people first as we do the people’s business. I will pray for his family in the hopes that they are comforted through this very emotional time.” Harris added, “Many of the issues he fought for even after leaving office – reducing crime, Read more

 

Youngblood to re-launch ‘Books to Barbers’ literacy campaign

(Aug 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – In an effort to expand access to books and promote literacy through Northwest Philadelphia communities, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., will re-launch “Books to Barbers” – a campaign to provide donated books to barbershops to encourage young boys and girls to develop love for reading. Youngblood will be dropping off donated books to three local barbershops on Tuesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. The first stop will be The Proper Image Barbershop, 326 W. Chelten Ave. From there, she will visit Ballerz Barber Shop, 60 W. Chelten Ave., and then conclude the tour at Clipperz Unisex Hair Salon, 61 W. Maplewood Mall. Youngblood said she hopes to eventually bring “Books to Barbers” to all barbershops and salons in her district, as well as work with lawmakers from across Philadelphia to help develop the campaign for other communities in the city. Youngblood has been working with the Philadelphia Free Library, and the Read By 4 th campaign to expand the program’s outreach. Anyone interested in participating in “Books to Barbers” or looking for more information on how to contribute to the campaign is encouraged to contact Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. Read more

 

Youngblood constituent receives PLBC scholarship

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced that one of her constituents is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus’ 2017 scholarship award. Monee Williams-Patrick, who resides in the 198th Legislative District, was presented with a $1,000 scholarship today at the PLBC’s annual scholarship reception. Williams-Patrick will begin her freshman year at Lincoln University in the fall to study Social Policy. Youngblood, the Democratic Caucus Secretary, said: “I am extremely proud of Monee on being a recipient of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus scholarship. She is a hardworking student and she is very deserving of this award. I am certain that she will excel in college and whatever field she chooses to pursue.” The scholarship is intended to assist students with their college financial obligation and to foster a relationship between students and PLBC members. Recipients received a $1,000 scholarship to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Pennsylvania. Exceptions apply for students attending any Historically Black College and University. “My favorite part about the reception is that we get to honor students who serve as positive role models to their peers,” Youngblood said. “These students are very talented and truly deserve the recognition. There needs to be more of a spotlight on these students to demonstrate that with support, students of Read more

 

Youngblood Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Donatucci, Youngblood applaud ‘stop and go’ bill as it advances to full House

(Jun 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – A bill introduced by members of the Philadelphia County Delegation to address the issue of “stop and go” nuisance alcohol-selling businesses has advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives. H.B. 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. The bill was strongly supported by state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., and Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Youngblood and Donatucci, who is also the Democratic secretary on the House Liquor Control Committee, have held several public meetings on the issue this year. They have expressed their satisfaction with the Philadelphia Delegation coming together to unite around the issue. Donatucci, chairwoman of the House of Representative’s Philadelphia Delegation, said, “This was an effort on behalf of the entire Philadelphia Delegation, and without the hearings held earlier this year, we would have never gotten this far. Through cooperation and a united front, the delegation can accomplish great things for the city of Philadelphia.” Youngblood, the Democratic Caucus Secretary, said, “This legislation is a Read more

 

Youngblood: Budget Puts People First

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Secretary Rep. Rosita Youngblood says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more

 

Youngblood: Budget proposal attempts to put people first by streamlining government without cutting services

(Feb 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – Below is a statement from state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood , D-Phila., regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 budget address today: "In difficult economic times, the first knee-jerk reaction is to simply cut our way out of the problem. Pennsylvania attempted that a few years ago, and the impacts from that failed experiment are still being felt today, even amid a renewed investment in education and human services under the Wolf administration. "Instead of cutting services without understanding their consequences, I support the governor’s approach of taking a long, hard look at how government could work more efficiently. A more efficient government does not mean less services. In fact, if done right, we can achieve so much more without raising taxes on everyday folks. "I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide a solution to our budget situation. I strongly believe that our role is to put people first – we need to put people first and fully and fairly fund our schools, which also gives families the chance to send their kids to college or technical school; we need to put people first and raise the minimum wage so that the promise of a brighter future and stronger economy is attainable for all residents of this Commonwealth; we need to put people first and support programs that help seniors and veterans, ensures good roads, safe water and healthy communities, and offers people the opportunity to succeed; and, we Read more

 

Youngblood looks forward to 12th term in state House

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today took the oath of office to begin her 12th term representing the 198th Legislative District. “I look forward to getting to work and build on the accomplishments we made during the previous session,” Youngblood said. “From passing historic legislation to allow medical marijuana in the commonwealth to increasing funding for education, I am optimistic that both sides of the aisle can work together once again and make great strides for a better Pennsylvania. We must continue to advocate for policies that put people first and expand opportunities for success.” Youngblood said she is thankful to remain House Democratic Caucus secretary for the 2017-18 legislative session, a position she was elected in to by her peers prior to last session. Youngblood became the first black female in Pennsylvania history to hold a leadership position in the General Assembly. “It’s an honor to hold this leadership post for a second term and to have been elected by my peers as the only black member represented in leadership in the House,” Youngblood said. “We have a lot of work to do to bridge some of the divides facing this Commonwealth, and this nation, but I am confident and hopeful that we will achieve great things for all Pennsylvanians.” The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 201st Legislative Session. Youngblood said that Read more

 

Youngblood announces $225,000 state grant to purchase, preserve Old Tennis Court Farm property

(Oct 24, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 – A .65-acre Philadelphia parcel used as a community garden will be maintained as open space due to a $225,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila. Youngblood said she strongly supported and advocated for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds through the Commonwealth Financing Authority because the current owner, Germantown Friends School, planned to put the Old Tennis Court Farm property up for sale. “This parcel has provided many social and environmental benefits for years, so the logical choice is to preserve it as a highly valued community asset,” Youngblood said. “This state funding will help the Natural Lands Trust Inc. acquire the property to ensure and maintain its current nature.” Youngblood said the tract has added positive impact on the 198 th Legislative District because it’s been successfully used as a community garden and neighborhood gathering place for six consecutive years. Mark Kearney, co-president of the Friends of Cloverly Park and one of the lead organizers of the Old Tennis Court Farm Protection Project, said the group is very grateful for the grant. "It recognizes and honors the community's desire to acquire the former site of the Old Tennis Court Farm, preserve it from development and return it to use as productive greenspace," Kearney said. "We appreciate the support and encouragement that Representative Youngblood Read more

 

Youngblood Winter 2018 Newsletter
Mar 01, 2018

Youngblood lauds Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on drilling
Feb 06, 2018

Youngblood encourages Philadelphians to apply for DCNR recreation, conservation grants
Feb 05, 2018

Youngblood announces nominations being accepted for PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids awards
Feb 01, 2018

Youngblood announces House scholarship availability, deadline March 1
Jan 23, 2018

Youngblood demands House Republicans put Pennsylvanians over profits
Oct 05, 2017

Youngblood Launches Diaper Need Awareness Week
Sep 27, 2017

Joint effort by House and Senate to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.
Sep 26, 2017

General Assembly members look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa. with ‘Diaper Need Awareness Week’ and donation drive
Sep 25, 2017

Youngblood: GOP Budget Does Not Put People First
Sep 13, 2017

Youngblood: Books to Barbers Campaign Begins
Aug 25, 2017

PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell
Aug 24, 2017

Youngblood to re-launch ‘Books to Barbers’ literacy campaign
Aug 18, 2017

Youngblood constituent receives PLBC scholarship
Jun 30, 2017

Youngblood Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos
Jun 27, 2017

Donatucci, Youngblood applaud ‘stop and go’ bill as it advances to full House
Jun 14, 2017

Youngblood: Budget Puts People First
Feb 07, 2017

Youngblood: Budget proposal attempts to put people first by streamlining government without cutting services
Feb 07, 2017

Youngblood looks forward to 12th term in state House
Jan 03, 2017

Youngblood announces $225,000 state grant to purchase, preserve Old Tennis Court Farm property
Oct 24, 2016